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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I absolutely love e-scooters. As a cyclist, I am finally not the most-hated mode user. People really seem to enjoy complaining about them.
    Ha! Just wait for the pogo sticks!!

    https://thenextweb.com/tech/2019/05/...y-isnt-a-hoax/

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    Ha! Just wait for the pogo sticks!!

    https://thenextweb.com/tech/2019/05/...y-isnt-a-hoax/
    Or you can just walk.

    My kids have one, and to say they have a high learning curve would be an understatement.

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    When you have to insist that your company isn't a hoax, you might have gone a niche too far.

    My idea: e-stilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    When you have to insist that your company isn't a hoax, you might have gone a niche too far.

    My idea: e-stilts.
    Rollerblading can be so hard! I'm thinking this could be the next great shared-transport opportunity ripe for some "disruption" -- imagine if you had some powered boost when you needed it (hey, you can control the amount thrust while using an app on your phone; you don't really need to watch the road ahead; we'll build in some obstacle-avoiding tech!) and perhaps add some micro suspension for those buckled bits of trail pavement... When your done, just tie the laces together and toss them over the nearest power lines for the next user!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristoB50 View Post
    Rollerblading can be so hard! I'm thinking this could be the next great shared-transport opportunity ripe for some "disruption" -- imagine if you had some powered boost when you needed it (hey, you can control the amount thrust while using an app on your phone; you don't really need to watch the road ahead; we'll build in some obstacle-avoiding tech!) and perhaps add some micro suspension for those buckled bits of trail pavement... When your done, just tie the laces together and toss them over the nearest power lines for the next user!
    What could possiblie go wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristoB50 View Post
    Rollerblading can be so hard! I'm thinking this could be the next great shared-transport opportunity ripe for some "disruption" -- imagine if you had some powered boost when you needed it
    old news--that's already a thing

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    Default eScooter-Bicycle Crash

    Well, it finally happened: I crashed into an e-scooter parked near the edge of a bike/ped path, on the pavement. I was crossing the Key Bridge into Rosslyn last night. The block in front of the Marriott hotel is not well lit, and I was using my back-up light (the better light having been stolen recently, and just replaced by a new light that was at home, charging.) I didn't even see the thing. Luckily, I was going very slowly, so there was minimal damage to my body and none I could see to the bike. A passerby (walker) stopped to help me. Next time I see a scooter parked smack dab in a walkway or path, I'm going to throw it on the grass, or over the bridge if it's on one of the bridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltierstein View Post
    Well, it finally happened: I crashed into an e-scooter parked near the edge of a bike/ped path, on the pavement. I was crossing the Key Bridge into Rosslyn last night. The block in front of the Marriott hotel is not well lit, and I was using my back-up light (the better light having been stolen recently, and just replaced by a new light that was at home, charging.) I didn't even see the thing. Luckily, I was going very slowly, so there was minimal damage to my body and none I could see to the bike. A passerby (walker) stopped to help me. Next time I see a scooter parked smack dab in a walkway or path, I'm going to throw it on the grass, or over the bridge if it's on one of the bridges.
    Glad you were okay-ish. I concur with tossing on the grass. I realize you're likely just venting, but please to not be letting your worser instincts get the best of you re throwing off a bridge. Pollution, and you might just hit a sculler or someone else.

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    Leslie – very sorry to hear about this crash.
    E-scooters were the main topic of our Bicycle Advisory Committee this week. The representatives from Bolt and Lyme took part in the meeting and seemed genuinely concerned about making things safer. Do you have any idea which company the e-scooter was from? It’s worth giving them a call – they say they’re trying to be data-driven and to develop solutions and incentives to increase car-free transportation in a safe way. The numbers are on the Arlington Shared Mobility website, and you’ll also see a link to the survey that Arlington is doing on Shared Mobility Devices. Your input will be valuable.
    https://transportation.arlingtonva.u...ess-bikeshare/
    Sending hugs,
    w&w

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    Glad it wasn't worse.

    If I could require scooter companies to do three things, they would be:
    1) Make the scooters reflective/easily seen at night (i.e. not all black)
    2) More substantial kickstands, so these things don't fall.
    3) Sweep the trails every [day/week] to get scooters whose batteries have died -- it makes sense that this sweep would grab all of the scooters, and not be single-company based.

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